Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens)

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Legal name: Yusuf Islam

Also performs as: Cat Stevens


Yusuf Islam (born Steven Demetre Georgiou; 21 July 1948), commonly known by his former stage name Cat Stevens, is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, humanitarian, and education philanthropist. He is a prominent convert to Islam. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

Stevens' albums Tea for the Tillerman (1970) and Teaser and the Firecat (1971) were both certified triple platinum in the United States by the RIAA. His 1972 album Catch Bull at Four sold half a million copies in the first two weeks of release alone and was Billboard's number-one LP record for three consecutive weeks. He also earned two ASCAP songwriting awards in consecutive years for "The First Cut Is the Deepest"; the song has been a hit single for four different artists. Some of his other hit songs are "Father and Son", "Wild World", "Peace Train", "Moonshadow", and "Morning Has Broken".

In December 1977, Stevens converted to Islam and adopted the name Yusuf Islam the following year. In 1979, he auctioned all his guitars for charity and left his music career to devote himself to educational and philanthropic causes in the Muslim community. He has received several awards for his work in promoting peace in the world, including the 2003 World Award, the 2004 Man of Peace Award, and the 2007 Mediterranean Prize for Peace. Known professionally by the single name Yusuf, in 2006 he returned to pop music with his first album of new pop songs in 28 years, titled An Other Cup. On 5 May 2009, he released the album Roadsinger.

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1995 The Life of the Last Prophet Yusuf Islam 3
1997 I Have No Cannons That Roar Yusuf Islam & Friends 1
1999 Prayers of the Last Prophet Yusuf Islam 1
2000 A Is for Allah Yusuf Islam 1
2001 Bismillah Yusuf Islam & Friends 1
2002 In Praise of the Last Prophet Yusuf Islam & Friends 1
2003 I Look, I See Yusuf Islam, Friends & Children 1
2006 An Other Cup Yusuf 3 4
2006 Footsteps in the Light Yusuf Islam 2
2008 I Look, I See 2 Yusuf Islam, Friends & Children 1
2009 Roadsinger Yusuf 2

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2004 Night of Remembrance Live Yusuf Islam & Friends 2


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2005 Indian Ocean Yusuf Islam 1
2011 My People Yusuf 1

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